Valve’s sequel to their signature hit, Half-Life 2 features the return of the physics hero Gordon Freeman. Having survived the disastrous Black Mesa research facility incident, Gordon is put in stasis by the enigmatic G-Man and awakes to a very different world.
Earth has been conquered by an alien alliance known as the Combine, who have turned it into a dystopian police state. Earth’s resources are being drained, humanity is controlled by a suppression field, and humans used for biological experimentation and assimilation. Escaping the Combine, Freeman links up with the resistance and begins a guerrilla war through prisons, zombie-infested towns, and the Combine Citadel.
The games are fully immersive with no cutscenes. Players have full control over their character throughout the entire game. Story elements are frequently uncovered by the player’s own exploration and investigation.
The game uses a realistic physics system based on the Source engine. Physics-based puzzles and problems are necessary to be solved in order to progress, incorporating elements such as weight, shape, and buoyancy.
Half-Life 2 allows this to feature in more than just puzzle solving. The Gravity Gun can push objects away as well as move them towards the player. Objects such as filing cabinets can be used as shields. Items like buzzsaws or gasoline containers can be flung as makeshift projectiles.
The game’s intelligent AI makes for memorable combat as different enemies display unique behavior. Soldiers will use suppressive fire and cover to their advantage while zombies will swarm the player. Players must use a variety of different weapons and tactics to overcome each foe.
The game’s story is continued with a series of episodic installments that build on the original game with new features and enemies. Players can revisit old locations as well as explore new ones while waging their war against the Combine. If you are looking for more games like Half-Life 2, check the list below.